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~ January 2014 ~

Mickey Hayden Wins PCHA Mark Mullen Horsemanship Trophy


Mickey Hayden Wins Mark Mullen Horsemanship Award 2013

Producing Champions for Over Thirty Years

Mickey Hayden was awarded the 2013 Pacific Coast Horse Shows Association Mark Mullen Memorial Trophy in recognition of his success and service in equestrian sports. Mickey has been winning and producing winners in Hunters, Jumpers, and Equitation for over thirty years.


Mickey pictured here in 1982 with CPHA Champion, Anita Linn.



Recent Wins and Achievements:

Winner - PCHA Mark Mullen Horsemanship Award (2013)
Winner - $40,000 Blenheim Spring Classic II GP (2013)
Winner - $10,000 Hereford Junior/AO Jumper Classic
Winner - $25,000 Flintridge Grand Prix (2012)
Winner - $30,000 LAEC Memorial Day Classic (2012)
Winner - $55,000 Del Mar World Cup Qualifier (2012)
Winner - $30,000 Blenheim June Classic I Grand Prix (2011)
Winner - $25,000 Blenheim Summer Grand Prix (2011)
Winner - $10,000 High Jump (6'9") Del Mar Nationals (2010)
Winner - $10,000 Pebble Beach Lexus Jumping Derby (2011)
Team Silver - North American Junior Championships, Lexington, KY (2010)
Team Silver - U.S. National Junior Championships, Harrisburg, VA (2010)
Team Bronze - North American Young Rider 1.50M (2012)
Year-End Champion - 2013 PCHA Low Adult Amateur (2013)
Series Champion - GGT Footing 1.40M Grand Prix Series (2013)
Regional Champion & Team Gold - USHJA 1.10M Jumpers (2013)


~ December 2013 ~

Lane Clarke & Jennifer Reese Wedding

Jennifer Reese & Lane Clarke Wed


On December 1, Jennifer Reese and Lane Clarke were married in Fallbrook, California. Jennifer is a veterinarian with Equine Medical Associates of Tustin. She is a life-long horsewoman with a dressage and eventing background. She has been riding and showing HSJ horses for the past few years.


Photo Credit: Robert Paetz Photography




Hayden Show Jumping Staff

Hayden Staff Celebrate the Holidays


Hayden Show Jumping & Riding School held their annual Holiday Party for clients, staff, and friends on Sunday, December 8th. Pictured are several staff members.


From left to right: Megan Larrabee (Instructor), Doris Bryant (Office Manager), Kelly Taylor (Instructor), Mickey Hayden (Head Trainer), April Branson (Trainer/Instructor), Heather Ikerd (Billing), and Zeschia Booman (Instructor).


We have the best staff!!!


~ October 2013 ~

Lane Clarke Named Champion - GGT Footing Grand Prix Series

After months of competition, Lane Clarke was named the winner of the GGT Footing Grand Prix Series, earning $19,000 in prize money. The series started in April and included nine 1.40M classes held at some of California’s top venues with over 65 of the nation’s best horses and riders. Lane led the standings going into the Del Mar International Show. After placing in the GGT Series Final with Semira de Saulieu owned by Charlotte Gadbois, he secured the championship spot.


Hayden Riders Finish 2013 In Style

Del Mar International Welcome Week (October 16-29)
Champion - Adult Jumper – Diane Puchbauer & Carrow Cruise

Champion - .90M Jumpers – Ali Berens & Mozart Z

Reserve Champion – Modified Junior Amateur Jumpers Katie Crampton & Almazed


Del Mar International World Cup Week (October 22-27)
Champion – 1.20M Jumpers – Lane Clarke & Little Milton

Champion – 1.10M Jumpers – April Branson & Multiple Horses Reserve

Champion – Training Hunters – Lane Clarke & Uno Momento Reserve

Champion – Low Child Jumpers – Summer Phillips & Sambucus

Reserve Champion – Modified Child Jumpers – Summer Phillips & Sambucus

Reserve Champion – 1.00M Jumpers – Diane Puchbauer & Carrow Cruise


~ July 2013 ~

Lane Clarke Takes Second Place in $25,000 Grand Prix


Lane Clarke riding Kiss the Sky (owned by Lane’s father, Allen Clarke) took second place in the $25,000 GGT Footing 1.40M Grand Prix at the Huntington Beach Surf Classic on July 7. In a field of 23 competitors, Lane put in a stellar ride on this 2009 World Cup ranked mare.


Showpark Summer Festival I & II

Fourteen horses and their riders competed in the Showpark Summer Festivals I & II in Del Mar July 17-28. As usual, many of our riders took first place ribbons, and all were in the ribbons. Below are the most notable highlights.


1st Place - $1,500 1.10M Jumper Classic-Lane Clarke & Vis-A-Vie

1st Place - $500 Low Children Jumper Classic 1.00M-Elena Bonvicini & Chamberlain 1st Place – Junior A/O Jumpers-Lindsay Douglass & Butterfly Tibri Z

2nd Place - $500 Low Adult Jumper Classic 1.00M- Diane Puchbauer & Natana II

3rd Place - $2,000 1.20M Jumper Classic- Lane Clarke & Little Milton

5th Place - $1,000 Adult Jumper Classic-Anne Cole & Sisco Kid

6th Place - $1,000 Adult Jumper Classic-Diane Puchbauer & Carrow Cruise


Champion - Five-Year Old Jumpers – Lane Clarke & Di Nero B

Reserve Champion– .90M Jumpers – April Branson & Mozart

Reserve Champion – .90M Jumpers - Bonnie Gainer & Lequito

Reserve Champion - Low Child Jumpers – Elena Bonvicini & Chamberlin



Hayden Riders At Showpark County 3 Show

On the weekend of July 13-14, five Hayden riders (Nicole Bryant, Tiffany Chen, Ashleigh Haugan, Emma Montgomery, and Gabrielle Montgomery) attended the Showpark County 3 Horse Show in Del Mar. Riders were warmed up and supported by instructor, Kelly Taylor, and all were in the ribbons. Below are some the the highlights of the show:


1st – Long Stirrup Equitation Over Fences – Tiffany Chen & Mocha Chip

2nd-Crossrail Hunters – Nicole Bryant & Kodachrome

2nd – Long Stirrup Hunter Course - Tiffany Chen & Mocha Chip


~ June 2013 ~

Hayden Riders At Blenheim June Classic II & III

Ten riders and their horses from Hayden Show Jumping competed in the second and third weeks of the Blenheim June Classic Series in San Juan Capistrano. Result highlights are below:


Champion-.90M Jumpers-April Branson & Mozart Z
Champion-.90M Jumpers-April Branson & Bonanza
Champion-1.20M Jumpers-Lane Clarke & Little Milton
Reserve Champion-.90M Jumpers-Summer Phillips & Godiva
1st - $2.000 1.20M Jumper Classic-Lane Clarke & Little Milton
2nd & 7th - $5,000 Junior-A/O Jumper Classic-Lindsay Douglass & Butterfly Tibri Z
4th - $500 Low Child Jumper Classic-Elena Bonvicini & Chamberlin
1st - Five Year Old Jumpers 1.15M-Lane Clarke & Di Nero B
1st – 1.10M Jumpers-Serenity Phillips & Tesoro


~ March & April 2013 ~

Lane Clarke & Semira Win $40,000 Blenheim Grand Prix

Hayden Riders Take Top Ribbons in Sacramento International Horse Show


San Juan Capistrano, CA – April 7, 2013 – Lane Clarke & Semira de Saulieu do it again winning the $40,000 Blenheim Spring Classic II Grand Prix at Rancho Mission Viejo Riding Park among 44 other tough competitors. Lane was double clear with the fastest time. Lane rode Semira in only one other grand prix, the 2011 $25,000 Blenheim Summer I Grand Prix, and won that as well.


She's a fabulous mare. In December 2010, Lane and owner, Charlotte Gadbois, travelled to Europe selecting the horse among many with the assistance of Mickey Hayden. In a little over two years, Semira’s performance has been nothing short of spectacular. In addition to her two grand prix wins, in 2012, she placed second in the $25,000 Flintridge Grand Prix and $10,000 Thermal Jr. A/O Classic with Charlotte. That year, she also took Charlotte to the NAJYR Championships in Lexington, Kentucky where they won team Bronze and 4th place overall.


Congratulations, Lane!!!



Instructor Kelly Taylor Wins Regionals & Headed to Nationals

Kelly Taylor UCI Champion Equestrian

Kelly Taylor, a Hayden instructor, is also captain of the UC Irvine Equestrian Team. On April 6, she was awarded first place in the Open Over Fences Division at the Zone 8 Championships for the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association in Parker, Colorado.


She will be representing UCI at IHSA Nationals in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania - May 3-5. Kelly was also awarded the Cacchione Cup for her region. The Cup is awarded to the number one rider for each region, and those who win this award compete in the Cacchione Cup Tournament at Nationals against all of the other Cup recipients from across the country.


Kelly has also been asked to be one of three riders to represent the United States in the American AIEC (Association Internationale Des Etudiants Cavaliers, or the International University Equestrian Federation) Team.


Great Job, Kelly!!!



Hayden Riders Excel at Blenheim Spring Classics I & II

Blenhiem Spring Classic I - March 26-30
2nd Place - $1,000 Adult Am. Classic – Diane Puchbauer & Carrow Cruise
Champion - .90M Jumpers – Bonnie Gainer & Natana II
Reserve Champion - .90M Jumpers – Ali Berens & Mozart Z
Reserve Champion - .80M Jumpers – April Branson & Mozart Z
Champion – 7 & 8 Year Old Jumpers – April Branson & One Time


Blenheim Spring Classic II - April 2-7
1st Place - $40,000 Blenheim Spring II GP – Lane Clarke & Semira de Saulieu
2nd Place - $1,500 Modified Jr. Am. Classic - Lindsay Douglass & Butterfly Z
1st Place - $500 Adult Jumper Classic – Diane Puchbauer & Carrow Cruise
Reserve Champion - .90M Jumpers – Elena Bonvicini & Chamberlin
Reserve Champion - .90M Jumpers – Jenn Reese & C’est Classique
Champion - .80M Jumpers – Jenn Reese & C’est Classique
Champion – Children’s Jumpers – Elena Bonvicini & Chamberlin
Reserve Champion – Children’s Jumpers - Serenity Phillips & Tesoro
Champion – Low Child-A/A Jumpers - Serenity Phillips & Carlos


~ October 2012 ~

Lane Clarke Wins $55,000 World Cup Qualifier - Del Mar

Hayden Riders Take Top Ribbons in Sacramento International Horse Show


Del Mar, CA – October 27, 2012 – Lane Clarke does it again. Winning the $55,000 "Villas at Rancho Valencia" World Cup Qualifying Grand Prix at the Del Mar Fall Festival marks the third time this year he won a big grand prix, and it puts him solidly in the top ten ranking of the North American West Coast World Cup League. Lane has had much success recently winning or placing in many grand prix and other money classes on the West Coast circuit. At the Del Mar Fall Festival alone he won:


1st - $55,000 Del Mar Fall II WC Qualifier - Casseur de Prix

1st - $1,000 Del Mar Fall I 5- & 6-Year Old Jumpers - Caspar S

1st - $250 Del Mar Fall II 1.40M Jumpers - Caretol

1st - $250 Del Mar Fall II 1.35M Jumpers - Caretol

1st, 2nd & 4th - $250 Del Mar Fall I 1.45M Jumpers - Caretol, Casseur & Kiss the Sky


Congratulations, Lane!!!



Sacramento International Horse Show

Hayden Riders Take Top Ribbons in Sacramento International Horse Show


Ten horses and their riders made the trip to Sacramento for two weeks of competition at the Sacramento International Horse Show. As usual, our Hayden Show Jumping contingent performed with great results. In a number of large classes, our riders took first, second, and third places and earned chempionships and reserve championships demonstrating the strength of our training program here at Nellie Gail.


At left: Elena Bonvicini, Serenity Phillips, and Summer Phillips





Johnny Cat-Our Beloved Barn Cat

Many may have noticed the absence of our feline friend, Johnny Cat, who passed in mid-September. Johnny was very social and enchanted both horses and humans as he strolled the barn aisles and equestrian center property. He was always willing to come when called, hang out, be pet, and picked up. He was popular among our summer campers and anyone who had the pleasure to interact with him. Johnny was confident and friendly with an enormous personality. He is sadly missed and will remain in our hearts and thoughts.


Johnny Cat at Hayden Show Jumping

~ September 2012 ~

Charlotte Gadbois Mickey Hayden Riding Magazine CoverSeptember Riding Magazine Cover & Article 

Hayden Show Jumping made the September cover of Riding Magazine with North American Young Rider, Charlotte Gadbois and her horse Semira de Saulieu. A two-page article inside the magazine highlights some of what makes our training program so successful.

Click here to read the Riding Magazine article.



Victory Horse Show – September 8-9 

Hayden riders proved that they excel in hunters and equitation at the Victory County Level Show in September. Ella Blott riding Sargeant Pepper placed first in the OCHSA 2”6” Medals. Emma Montgomery riding Romantica Z took a first and a third in Children’s 2’9” Hunters and came away with the Reserve Championship in Children’s Hunters. Anne Cole also did very well earning two second place finishes and two third place finishes in Jumpers with her horse David who is just coming back after an injury. Well done, riders!!!


~ July 2012 ~

Charlotte Gadbois Earns Team Bronze at NAJYRC

and Individual 4th Place Finish


Charlotte Gadbois riding her new mare, Semira de Saulieu helped the Zone 10 Team (California and Nevada) earn a Bronze Team Medal at the North American Young Rider Championships and an Individual 4th Place Finish on July 22 in Lexington, Kentucky.  The pair navigated the notoriously difficult courses at the championships where fence heights reached 1.50 M (nearly 5 feet). We are very proud of her accomplishments reaching this level of competition in such a short period of time with Semira.


North American Junior Young Rider NAJYRC Charlotte Gadbois


Congratulations Charlotte!!!


Hayden Riders Are Champions!

This summer our riders continue their winning streak. Among many notable finishes, they earned the following Championships and Reserve Championships.


A special congratulations to Wendy Wiessner on the purchase of Bonanza and winning the Adult Amateur Jumpers Championship in her first show with him.


Showpark County Show-July 14-15

Champion-Low Children’s Jumpers-Elena Bonvicini & Bugatti
Champion-Adult Amateur Jumpers-Wendy Wiessner & Bonanza
Reserve Champion-Adult Amateur Jumpers-Joanna Dillon & Ard Duplicate

Showpark Racing Festival-July 25-29

Champion-5&6 Year Old Jumpers-Lane Clarke & Caspar S
Champion-Low A/A Jumpers-Susan Phillips & Sambucus
Champion-Low Child-Adult Jumpers-Serenity Phillips & Tesoro
Champion-Modified Child Jumpers .90M-Serenity Phillips & Tesoro
Champion-Modified Adult Jumpers .90M-Susan Phillips & Sambucus
Reserve Champion-.80M Jumpers-Ali Berens & Mozart Z

~ June 2012 ~

Charlotte Gadbois Qualifies For North American Championships

Nineteen year-old, Charlotte Gadbois, qualified as one of four riders to represent Zone 10 (California and Nevada) in the North American Young Rider Championships to be held July 17-22 in Lexington, Kentucky.  To qualify, riders must complete in a series of competitions including a final one at the Oaks.  Jumps are set to a maximum of 1.50 Meters (4'11") with proportional spread between 1.50 M and 1.80 M (4’11” to 5’9"), and courses must include one open water obstacle. 


Charlotte qualified with her horse Semira de Saulieu. She is one of three Hayden Show Jumping riders in recent years to represent Zone 10 in the exclusive NAJYR Championships. 


NAJYRC 2012 Hayden Gadbois

Charlotte with Mickey Hayden, the Zone 10 Junior and Young Rider Teams, and Jumping with Semira de Saulieu

~ May 2012 ~

Lane Clarke Wins FIRST and THIRD--AGAIN

Lane Clarke & McLord's First John Win $30,000 Memorial Day Grand PrixBurbank, CA – May 28, 2012 – With 26 horse and rider teams in the $30,000 Memorial Day Classic Grand Prix, eight made it clear into the jumpoff. Ultimately, taking first place was Lane Clarke of Hayden Show Jumping riding McLord's First John, owned by head trainer, Mickey Hayden. Lane also took third place riding Granville's Casseur de Prix.


Exactly one month earlier, Lane placed first and third riding the same horses in the $25,000 Grand Prix at Flintridge.


Congratulations Lane!!!


For more details, read the Langer Equestrian Group press release HERE.


~ April 2012 ~

$25,000 Flintridge GP - Hayden Riders Take 1st, 2nd & 3rd

On April 28, two Hayden Show Jumping riders took first, second, and third places in the $25,000 Land Rover of Pasadena Grand Prix at the 91st Annual Flintridge Riding Club Horse Show. Among the forty competitors participating in the event,  only six went double clear.  The large crowd was exuberant in their show of support cheering our top three. Below are the final Flintridge results. Click here for press release with more details.


1st - Lane Clarke & McLord's First John (Mickey Hayden, owner)
2nd - Charlotte Gadbois & Semira de Saulieu (Charlotte Gadbois, owner)
3rd - Lane Clarke & Granville's Casseur de Prix (Granville's Equine, owner)


Flintridge 2012 Grand Prix, Lane Clarke and Charlotte Gadbois

Photos Courtesy of Captured Moment Photography.